Beyond the glare of streetlights, neon signs and policemen, there’s another world taking shape in the shadows and the music gets louder as you approach.
“In the Dark” is the latest erotic odyssey from queer Russian music collective SADO OPERA, conceived as a tribute to one of their favorite hangouts in their home base of Berlin, sex club Ficken3000.
Of course, there’s no photography permitted in the dark little heavens of Berlin’s queer clubs, so Rory Midhani comes to the rescue. The artist recreates various lewd and luscious club scenes using cardboard puppets – complete with string and pulleys to really capture the thrusting and stroking effectively – to paint you a picture.
The result is a celebration of identities outside and beyond binary gender, a playful tribute to the diversity of queer bodies, and homage to the venues and scenes that welcome them with loving arms.
Video directed by Rory Midhani: instagram.com/rorymidhani/
SADO OPERA & Damien Vandesande of dOP
instagram.com/sadoopera/ & instagram.com/doplive/